Japan Inflation Hits Zero

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

TOKYO--Japan's drift back toward deflation, two years after launching a radical monetary policy experiment to cure the affliction, underscores the continuing difficulties in pulling the world's third-largest economy out of its long slump. The government said Friday its most closely ...

Singapore Dollar Strengthens Despite Expectations for Easing

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Jake Maxwell Watts SINGAPORE-Ahead of Singapore's central bank meeting next month that many analysts say will result in easier monetary policy for a second time this year, the local currency is doing something strange: it's strengthening. Anticipation for such ...

Crude Futures Fall in Asia, Get Support From Yemen Conflict

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

Crude-oil futures fell by about 2% in Asian trade Friday on some profit-taking, but prices are still supported by the escalating conflict in Yemen, traders said. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May ...

Retail trade increased in February -2-

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

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Ending Preferential Treatment of Debt Would Help Financial Stability

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

FRANKFURT--Ending the preferential treatment of debt would be a big help to financial stability, said European Central Bank Governing Council member Jens Weidmann in a speech Friday. In remarks to a conference, Mr. Weidmann invoked American founding father Benjamin Franklin's ...

Balance Of Power Shifts In Groceries

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 3/27/15) By Leslie Josephs and Annie Gasparro Orders for organic burritos, Thai stir-fry and other frozen products from Amy's Kitchen Inc. have been growing so quickly that late last year the company bought a second ...

New Services Cloud AT&T's Bet on Pay TV

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Thomas Gryta AT&T; Inc. knew it was buying a melting ice cube when it agreed to acquire satellite-TV company DirecTV last year for $49 billion. But recent moves by HBO, Apple Inc. and the National Football League have turned ...

Republican-Controlled Senate Clears Budget Plan

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

Associated Press WASHINGTON--Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress to address the party's goals of reduced spending and dismantling President Barack Obama's health-care law. Working into Friday's predawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a ...

Italy January Industrial Orders Drop Reverses Strong December

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Liam Moloney ROME--Italian industrial orders fell in January pulled lower by foreign demand, reversing a strong climb in the previous month. Industrial orders fell 3.6% on the month, reversing a 4.5% gain in December, national statistics institute Istat said ...

Euro's Slide Buoys European Stocks

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

European stocks rose Friday, reversing a two-session sell off, supported by a fresh slide in the euro that buoyed shares in the region's major exporters. Global stocks had suffered sharp declines over the previous two days, burdened by downbeat economic ...

China, IMF to Strengthen Fiscal Policy Cooperation

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

BEIJING--China has taken another step to strengthen its ties with the International Monetary Fund by reaching an initial cooperation agreement in fiscal policy. Over the next three years, China and the IMF will work together in fiscal planning, public debt ...

Brazil's Economy Expanded Slightly in 2014

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Jeffrey T. Lewis and Rogerio Jelmayer SÃO PAULO--Brazil's economy grew slightly in 2014 from 2013, a better-than-expected performance, but shrank in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as investment plunged and industry contracted. The country's gross domestic product ...

Republican-Controlled Senate Clears Budget Plan

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Kristina Peterson and Michael R. Crittenden WASHINGTON--The Senate passed a Republican budget for fiscal year 2016 early Friday morning after a grueling, round-the-clock marathon of amendment votes. The conservative spending blueprint for the year that begins Oct. 1 marked ...

Some Energy Companies Find the Going Tough

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Matt Jarzemsky The ranks of financially stressed companies have swelled to a 4 1/2 -year high as the sharp drop in oil prices batters energy companies. The number of companies with the worst below-investment-grade debt ratings rose to 184 ...

Crude Futures Fall in Asia, Get Support From Yemen Conflict

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures fell by about 2% in Asian trade Friday on some profit-taking, but prices are still supported by the escalating conflict in Yemen, traders said. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for ...

Chevron to Sell Caltex Australia Stake -- Update

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Ross Kelly SYDNEY-- Chevron Corp. plans to sell its stake in an Australian oil-refining business for about $3.60 billion, as the U.S. oil company sheds assets to buffer its balance sheet from tumbling oil prices. Chevron said Friday it ...